Cynthia Bourgeault on Centering Prayer

From the 22nd annual Festival of Faiths | "Compassion: Shining like the Sun" | April 19-22, 2017 - Louisville, KY |

Centering Prayer is described as “a receptive prayer of resting in God.” Centering Prayer emphasizes interior silence and prayer as a personal relationship with God and as “a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.” Its roots are found in the contemplative prayer of the Desert Fathers of early Christian monasticism, in the Lectio Divina tradition, and in Christian mystical works like The Cloud of Unknowing and the writings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.

Episcopal priest and writer Cynthia Bourgeault has worked closely with Fr. Thomas Keating, founder of the Centering Prayer method, for nearly 25 years and is the author of the acclaimed book "Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening."

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